This salad is just right for those lazy afternoons, when you just want something quick and refreshing.
Pronounced as Kin-wah, the grains are super rich in proteins and iron. This salad is quite filling and has a wonderful texture.
½ cup quinoa
½ red onion diced
1/ cup diced yellow/red bell pepper each
Handful cilantro chopped
Few mint leaves chopped
½ cup pomegranate seeds
½ cup diced cucumber
½ cup black olives
¼ cup corn
½ cup boiled garbanzo beans
6 cherry tomatoes
½ cup feta cheese crumbled ( optional)
3 tb sp olive oil, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar ( optional) ½ tsp Dijon mustard, ½ tsp ground pepper, salt to taste.
Cook quinoa as per instructions on the package. Remove from heat, and fluff with a fork. Keep aside.
Prepare the dressing.
Arrange the lettuce leaves in a bowl, pile the other ingredients on top. Drizzle the dressing , mix lightly.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds, mint leaves, cilantro sprig and crumbled feta cheese.
It can be served along with grilled Halloumi cheese slices.
(Drench the halloumi squares in olive oil, add zaatar and mint, then grill in a pan over medium heat)